the great divide
I went back and forth on this cover. Several times. With the voices in my head.
Voice 1: This picture just seems…shocking. On like 100 different levels.
Voice 2: Just because you don’t necessarily agree Ameena, it doesn’t give you the right to judge.
Voice 1: I feel bad for this little kid because nobody asked him if he wanted to be on this cover. And when he gets older the teasing will know no end.
Voice 2: Talk about calling the kettle black. You say terrible things about Maya on your blog…how is this any different?
Voice 1: It’s obviously different. My blog has a substantially less number of readers than Time.
Voice 2: True. Okay. I’ll give you this one.
I’ll spare you the rest of the conversation in my head. Because what I eventually realized is that it doesn’t matter what me (or my scary voices) think about this cover. It doesn’t matter what I think about attachment parenting or Dr. Bill Sears or co-sleeping either. It doesn’t matter what I did or didn’t do, what I wish I had or had not done. It also doesn’t matter what Jamie Lynne Grumet is doing or not doing.
None of this matters. Why?
Because this whole thing boils down to the fact that Time needed to drum up sales by publishing a controversial article. And in doing so they managed to once again have us arguing about who has “the best approach,” who is “the better parent,” and “which kid will succeed because of his/her upbringing.”
But how about this: instead of criticizing and feeling superior, maybe we should support each other and appreciate our differences. Because that’s exactly what Time doesn’t want us to do.